Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/27/07 at 08:24 AM ET
from the Detroit Free Press,
Joe Rogers is unlike any goalie at this week’s USA Hockey Nationals in Fraser….
He can’t close his glove after catching a puck. That’s it.
Rogers, you see, was born without a full right hand.
And yet the 17-year-old has a 30-1-3 record, a 1.19 goals-against average, a .939 save percentage and 13 shutouts.
“It’s all I’ve ever known,” Rogers said of his birth defect, “so I don’t think anything about it.”
His fingers didn’t fully develop, and he had two surgeries as a young child to strengthen his thumb.
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